[ shan-tee ]
/ ˈʃæn ti /

noun, plural shan·ties.

a crudely built hut, cabin, or house.


of, relating to, or constituting a shanty or shanties: a shanty quarter outside the town walls.
of a low economic or social class, especially when living in a shanty: shanty people.

verb (used without object), shan·tied, shan·ty·ing.

to inhabit a shanty.


Nearby words

  1. shansi,
  2. shantey,
  3. shanti,
  4. shantou,
  5. shantung,
  6. shantytown,
  7. shanxi,
  8. shaoxing,
  9. shaoyang,
  10. shape

Origin of shanty

1810–20; probably < Canadian French chantier lumber camp, hut; French: yard, depot, gantry, stand for barrels < Latin cant(h)ērius rafter, prop, literally, horse in poor condition, nag < Greek kanthḗlios pack ass

Related formsshan·ty·like, adjective


[ shan-tee ]
/ ˈʃæn ti /

noun, plural shan·ties.


or chant·y, shan·tey, shan·ty

[ shan-tee, chan- ]
/ ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn- /

noun, plural chant·eys.

a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work.

Origin of chantey

1855–60; alteration of French chanter to sing; see chant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shanty


/ (ˈʃæntɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a ramshackle hut; crude dwelling
Australian and NZ a public house, esp an unlicensed one
(formerly, in Canada)
  1. a log bunkhouse at a lumber camp
  2. the camp itself

Word Origin for shanty

C19: from Canadian French chantier cabin built in a lumber camp, from Old French gantier gantry

noun plural -ties or -teys

a song originally sung by sailors, esp a rhythmic one forming an accompaniment to work

Word Origin for shanty

C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant


/ (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-) /

noun plural -teys

the usual US spelling of shanty 2
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